The FTC and various state governments have issued warnings about companies such as Consumer Information Services and National Data Service, which promised their customers the possibility of purchasing seized automobiles for as little as $100. The FTC describes these fraudulent practices in Auction Guide: Not So Hot Properties.
Government Auctions: Low-Cost Lowdown
Warnings and complaints have been issued by:
- Federal Trade Commission (Nationwide, Productive, Kohl Group charged, 6/22/2000)
- Federal Trade Commission (Century Direct Marketing charges settled, 5/24/2000)
- Federal Trade Commission (Century Direct Marketing charged, 11/20/1998)
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